Marshall James

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Marshall James
Personal information
Nickname Big MJ
Born 4 October 1970
Home town Cefn caeau, Llanelli
Organisation (see split in darts)
BDO 1991-1999
PDC 2003
BDO majors - best performances
World Ch'ship Runner-up 1997
World Masters Semi-final 1998
PDC premier events - best performances
UK Open Last 128: 2003
Other tournament wins
Tournament Years
Welsh Open
WDF World Cup

Marshall James (born 4 October 1970) is a former professional darts player from Wales, whose only high-profile success in the game so far was being runner-up in the 1997 BDO World Championship, in his debut year at the championships. He is also known for his slow, deliberate throwing style.


His run started with victory over William Burnsfield in the first round 3-1. He then beat Andy Fordham, a future world champion himself, in the second round, again by 3-1. Deciding set wins over American Roger Carter and defending champion Steve Beaton (in a deciding leg, finishing with a 106 checkout after Beaton had missed one dart for the match) sent him into the final, which he lost to Scotland's Les Wallace 6-3.

He only made two more appearances at Lakeside when he was beaten in the first round in 1998 by Richie Burnett and in the second round in 1999 by Steve Duke.

He was a member of the Welsh World Cup darts winning team in 1997. Wales won the Overall World Cup and Team Event in that year. He also teamed up with Martin Phillips, Sean Palfrey and Ritchie Davies as Wales won the 1998 WDF Europe Cup.

The only significant title that James won in his short career came at the 1997 Welsh Open in his home country having been a finalist in 1991 and quarter-finalist in 1992.

In 2003, he qualified for the UK Open, a PDC tournament but was knocked out in the very early rounds to Mark Thomson. He has not played competitive darts since the 2003 UK Open.

Marshall James currently resides in the town of Llanelli where he owns a betting shop.

World Championship Results[edit]